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The Airport hosts a group from Oxford Brooks University

Nursery School Visit to Oxford Airport.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has always been important for companies who want to be good neighbours. Airports often work hard to build good links with the local community: with schools, parish councils and other community groups. A CSR policy makes good business sense and brings benefits to both the airport and the local community. A good CSR policy contributes to:
  • Improving staff morale
  • Enhanced training opportunities
  • Promoting the airport as an employer of choice
  • Enhancing the airport's reputation among employees, service partners, Government departments, key external stakeholders and external business partners
  • Improving communication with external stakeholders
  • Encouraging talent spotting by helping Airport-based employers to find suitable employees for the future
  • Participating with local schools to encourage interest in airport-based companies as future employers and to support learning
  • Helping to create sustainable communities

The Airport's CSR policy looks at the needs of the local community and matches these needs to the needs of the Airport. The local community needs are:

  • To see the Airport engaged within all major sectors of the local community
  • Engagement in education
  • Access to employment
  • Help to mitigate the negative effects of Airport activity
  • To understand more about what the airport does and why
  • To have the opportunity to make a meaningful input to the airport's activities and development

The areas where Airport needs and those of the community overlap are:

  • An excellent reputation
  • Education
  • Training
  • Employment
  • Opportunities for personal development
  • Opportunity to comment on Airport activity
  • Information about Airport operations
  • Provision of suitable mitigation
  • Engagement in the local community

Examples of Corporate Social Responsibility activities that the airport engages in from time to time:

Formula Schools Competition
Work Experience Placements - during the course of the year, many young people come to work within the airport terminal for a number of days

Internments - from time to time, the airport takes on school or college leavers for a year or more for an introduction into the aviation and travel industry

Sponsorship - the airport has on occasion sponsored local football or rugby teams and school engineering projects

Provision of Training Facilities - the airport routinely provides unique facilities for police and military training programs

Presentations and Talks to local community groups and schools - the airport routinely give talks both on and off-site to groups of all types and ages from primary schools to parish councils, rotary clubs and historical societies.

Charitable Donations - Policy: During the course of the year, we receive a great number of requests for donations or prizes, almost on a daily basis. It simply isn't possible to fulfil the vast majority of such requests and as such, we have a set limit for such costs, set aside in the budget for each financial year, based on a proportion of our anticipated revenues. Where possible, we may pass on requests to the likes of aircraft operators on the airport, otherwise we focus solely on establishments, or charitable organisations in our immediate catchment area alone as company policy. Decisions on any support are taken at board director level on a consensus basis. If and when exhausted, the sum set aside each year will not be topped-up until the start of the next financial year. We do not disclose to whom any such donations may be made.

Reuben Foundation

The airport's owners, the Reuben Brothers, established the Reuben Foundation in 2002. The Reuben Foundation has been active in pursuing its goal of making essential contributions to healthcare and education in the UK and worldwide.

The Reuben Foundation is a UK-registered foundation created to channel the charitable giving of the Reuben Brothers. The brothers continue to proactively look at supporting a range of charitable causes, from long-term funding projects to individual charitable donations.

In terms of locally-relevant activities by the Reuben Foundation, they include:

Reuben Foundation launches the Reuben Scholarship Programmed with Oxford University, UCL and ARK Schools

January 2012 - The Reuben Foundation has launched the Reuben Scholarship Programme with a Multi-Million pound endowment to assist bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, for whom financial support is most needed, both to continue their education and see that attending university is an option very much open to them.

The Reuben Scholarship Programme consists of partnerships with Oxford University, UCL and ARK Schools. Potential Reuben Scholars will be identified by the two universities from amongst those students whose backgrounds and families' income mean that receiving financial support is crucial.

The Reuben Foundation sees its partnership with ARK schools as a highly effective route to encourage inner city children to realise from an early age that a university education is a realistic and achievable option for all, regardless of circumstances.

A scheme of this nature has been something that the Reuben Foundation has wanted to create for some time. Now more than ever, given the increasing cost of attending university, the hope is that this program will inspire others and play a role in opening doors to those who thought university was closed to them.

Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Oxford, said: "The University of Oxford is committed to attracting and investing in the most talented students, regardless of their background or financial circumstances. In a funding regime of increased undergraduate tuition fees, there is a clear need to provide support that enables students from low income households to come to Oxford. The University has created the most generous financial support package in the country, which provides students from the UK and EU with fee remission and maintenance bursaries. Students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds will receive support averaging £7,500 per year. I am delighted that the Reuben Foundation recognises the importance of such provision and that it will be generously supporting 15 Oxford undergraduate students over the next three years. We hope the Reuben Foundation's support will – in turn - inspire others to support our programme of bursary provision, and we look forward to welcoming our first Reuben Scholars to Oxford in October 2012. "

The Reuben Business Faculty at Oxford Spires Academy

August 2012 - The Reuben Foundation has agreed to fund the establishment of a major new business education facility at Oxford Spires Academy. Oxford Spires Academy, a CfBT Schools Trust Academy, serves the East Oxford community and is a richly diverse and highly aspiring Academy which offers an excellent, inspiring education to boys and girls aged 11 to 19. The new Reuben Business Faculty, part of an £8.2m new science block, will give students the opportunity to learn about the business world and widen their educational experience. The Reuben Foundation has agreed to equip the building with ICT equipment, a business style break out area and staff offices. The new build is planned to be ready for students in September 2013.

Sue Croft, Principal at Oxford Spires Academy said: “We are absolutely delighted and overwhelmed by the contribution from the Reuben brothers and their Foundation. This will make such an improved teaching and learning space for the students of Oxford Spires Academy and assist us in our goal of enabling each student to exceed his or her potential and be the best they can be. We aim to produce aspiring business people, like the Reuben brothers, from the faculty.”

Wendy Woodcock, Director of Schools at, CfBT Education Trust agreed: “This donation is extremely generous and inspiring. On behalf of CfBT Schools Trust and Oxford Spires Academy we would like to say a huge thank you to the Reuben Foundation”.

Richard Stone, Trustee of the Reuben Foundation, said “Education is the most precious resource and the Reuben Foundation are delighted to support Oxford Spires Academy. We hope that with our support the new business faculty will expand and enhance the educational experience of the students and allow each to realise his or her potential”.

Artist's vision of next generation for Spires - The Oxford Times 20 August 2012

New £8M sciences block at Oxford Spires Academy- The Oxford Times 8 August 2012

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